Private James Elliot

Private James Elliot, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 1st September 1918 during the “Advance to Victory” and is buried in H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Pas de Calais France. He had formerly been in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was a Native of Coldstream. He fell in an attack on the Hindenburg Line near the village of Queant. The Battalion came under unexpected heavy machine gun fire which pinned the attack down. There were about 150 casualties with 2 Officers and 23 Other Ranks killed. The following day and with the help of the Royal Scots Fusiliers the village was cleared and the line moved forward. ( Private Elliot is not named on the Memorial but as he had been born in the Town we believe he is worthy on inclusion here ). The photographs show the troops advancing after the retreating Germans.

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